The GSA IG and Squabbles
The Office of Inspector General at the General Services Administration has been beset by internal differences, a distraction for an operation that was already embroiled in several disputes.
The disputes follow a long battle between IG Brian Miller and GSA chief Lurita Doan. In 2006, Doan chided Miller for not going along with her attempts to streamline the agency's contracting efforts. Milller accused her of trying to curb his ability to oversee contracts and GSA operations.
An inquiry and report by Sen. Charles Grassley last year criticized both of them.
In a complaint filed three months ago, the then-office counsel, Kevin Buford, accused Miller and his acting deputy at the time of violating personnel rules and retaliating against subordinates who complained. An Oct. 5 letter to the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency asked for an investigation of Miller and his former deputy, Robert Samuels.
That letter was followed on Oct. 10 by another complaint letter in which Buford was joined by three other lawyers in the office. You can see the letters and attachments here.
Buford, who has moved to a senior job at NASA, declined to comment. Miller and his office also declined to talk about the allegations.
In a telephone call, Samuels said he believes the counsel's office was upset at criticism it had received from Miller and him about its performance and is now "engaged in a power play disguised as a complaint."
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